Sick of hearing about paleo and coconut oil? Feel free to change gears, because it’s 2015 and there’s a whole new crop of stuff that you’re supposed to try if you want to lose weight, get fit, and experience your healthiest self. The real trick is balancing the trends with your own tastes, needs, lifestyle, and options: which ones do you think sound viable for you?
Superfoods Still Going Strong
It’s hardly surprising, but dietitians and other nutrition experts say that superfoods are going to stay popular in 2015. Nuts, seeds, avocado, Greek yogurt, kale, and coconut products have been the top dogs of the superfood world and they are going to maintain their popularity.
The health benefits of antioxidants will continue to keep them among the top choices for healthful eating, including for weight-loss. This is especially true of green tea and açai berry.
If you’re sick of hearing about low-grain diets, good news: ancient grains like amaranth, freekah, quinoa, and spelt are making a comeback.
The Skinny On Fat
“Low-fat” diets aren’t going to be the focus for many in 2015. What will matter for more people is focusing on what kinds of fats they are eating. Most nutrition experts agree that mono- and polyunsaturated fats are more healthful than saturated fats, and consumers are paying attention.
What’s In There?
Label reading is becoming more common, in part because more people care about the issue of GMO foods, and there is considerable overlap between those who are concerned by GMOs and those who eat “clean,” for example.
Look for power smoothie recipes popping up in your social media feeds all over the place, but this time they won’t all be green. Turmeric, carrot, bee pollen yellow; beetroot, Ginkgo biloba, açai berry purple; these may tempt you where the same old green standby was leaving you cold. Still, don’t neglect your greens, for weight-loss or just great health.
How about a tall, cold glass of. . .charcoal? Well, it might not sound that great, but the same reason that activated charcoal has historically been used to treat poisoning is the reason it works to flush toxins out of the body. Since toxins are a prime reason why weight stubbornly clings even when the dieter is being vigilant and otherwise making progress, cleansing the body effectively can make a real difference.
Fermentation creates probiotics in food, transforming what you eat into natural medicine and a helpmate to the good bacteria that already exists in your body. Fermented foods like kimchi, tempeh, sauerkraut, miso, kefir, kombucha, and yogurt give your body a natural boost, assisting in weight loss.
The Girlfriends Diet is already starting to become a “thing.” The women who collaborated on it created a four week plan including diet and exercise based on the idea that it’s just easier to get through this kind of challenge with the support of a group—and this sounds pretty cool to us.
Whatever methods you choose, remember that no diet works without proper exercise, and only a healthful diet can lead to long term weight-loss and good health. Treat your body right! If you want to lose weight, do it by treating your body with kindness and respect.